Government Conspiracy Theories: Part 7 - The Feds Are Executing Terrorist Attacks Within The United States
In the early 1960s, the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed the impossible: an American attack on America. The plan suggested fake terrorist or false flag attacks on US cities and bases in order to blame Cuba and drum up support for war.
Officials called the proposal Operation Northwoods. the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, they would garner public and international backing needed to launch their war. The original memo suggested that, “We could develop a communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities, and even in Washington.”
John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. On February 20, 1962, Glenn was to lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on his historic journey. The flight was to carry the banner of America's virtues of truth, freedom, and democracy into orbit high over the planet. The proposal was should the rocket explode and kill Glenn, "the objective is to provide irrevocable proof that...the fault lies with the Communists et al Cuba."
When the attacks finished, the government would release incriminating documents “substantiating Cuban involvement...World opinion and the United Nations forum should be favorably affected by developing the international image of the Cuban government as rash and irresponsible.”
President Kennedy rejected the proposal.
Discussion of Operation Northwoods continued to percolate thorough popular culture after the 9/11 attack, sometimes drawing parallels to other events, such as the assassination of JFK.
Although the Operation Northwoods documents are clearly evidence that US military officials are capable of considering plans involving the murder of US citizens in a false-flag operation blaming innocent parties, it is not evidence of how the 9/11 attack was carried out. This distinction is lost by many 9/11 theorists who cite Northwoods' envisioning of substitutions of military aircraft for civilian jetliners as evidence of plane swapping on 9/11/01. For example, the first part of the film Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup highlights passages from the Northwoods documents about plane substitution, while later parts assert, without evidence, that the Pentagon and Twin Towers were not hit by jetliners.
NOTE: here is a PDF of the Operation Northwoods memorandum...also an ABC News expose of the operation...Lon
Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965
The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror
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